After three years of construction, Carlsberg and Brooklyn Brewery have joined together to open a craft brewery in Lithuania in order to expand the company’s presence in the Baltic region.
The Svyturys Brewery is based in the Klaipeda port area of Lithuania and features a craft beer line as well as a museum, gastrobar, shop, and conference halls.
Rolandas Virsilas, managing director of Svyturys-Utenos Alus, said: “Today the Svyturys Brewery embarks on a new journey, changing a closed and outdated brewing space into a modern, open and social place – where it is all about brewing the perfect craft beer.”
Svyturys Brewery is the third major joint project between the Brooklyn Brewery and the Carlsberg Group in Europe, with similar craft breweries already in place in Stockholm and London.
Robin Ottaway, president of Brooklyn Brewery was in attendance for the brewery’s grand opening, he said: “In Klaipeda, we found a passionate group of brewers who wanted to introduce new styles and flavours to beer enthusiasts in Lithuania. It was natural for us to partner with like-minded brewers, who also want to advance a good beer culture.”
The renovated brewery will brew craft and specialty beers for the Svyturys and Raudonos Plytos brands: “It will be the place for beer and cultural events in Lithuania. We shall demonstrate the brewing process, educate about beer heritage and food pairing combinations, as well as offer tastings to all visitors,” added marketing manager Andrius Bagdzevicius.